Roommate entomology: 101

Pumpkin bug?Nuther Bug

Here are some shots of what some have referred to as a “Pumpkin Bug”, or “Pumpkin Beetle”. I have no idea if either is correct taxonomy. But they show up every year around this time, and hang out all winter long. This one’s a lot peppier than past roomies I’ve had.

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About iamacat
Professional writer and multimedia artist. Having studied Japanese and other non-roman alphabet using languages, I appreciate the particular frustrations of language learners in the computer world. I enjoy helping people get their multilingualization going, no matter what operating system or desktop environment they happen to be in. Being an open source enthusiast, I push uim and anthy without reservation in *nix environments. Although lately, ibus has made things easy in modern Linux distributions, to the point of making much of these old posts moot.

3 Responses to Roommate entomology: 101

  1. Gabe says:

    That is a kissing bug… nasty bite. A woman in Mariposa died recently from anaphylaxis after being bitten by one identical to the one you have photographed here.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mariposa, Ca.!
      Does that thing have wings?

      • iamacat says:

        Wings, yes. They flit about, quite recklessly, and make a bit of noise as they crash into walls, windows, the ceiling… But they do not bite. I usually leave out a few drops of water on an old yogurt cup lid along with a few pieces of plant matter for them to sit on. I always find a few dead ones every year, completely dehydrated, totally dried out. Probably just a short lifespan. The closest thing to pets I’dl likely ever have.

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